Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said that BNP’s dream of toppling the government on December 10 and returning to power would not be realised.
Obaidul Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said they know some secrets behind the ongoing movement, according to UNB.
"We have received information that the money (being spent by BNP in the movement) is coming from Dubai," Quader said at a discussion meeting organised by Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Inu) on the premises of the central Shaheed Minar. The event was held to commemorate the 50th founding anniversary of the party led by Hasanul Huq Inu.
He said that BNP did not protest for even 13 minutes over the last 13 years.
“Now, Fakhrul wants to protest (against us). We know where the root of this (anti-government) movement is,” he said.
Quader called for greater unity under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, saying that an evil force like BNP must be defeated by forging unity of the pro-liberation forces.
“If Sheikh Hasina loses, Bangladesh will lose. We cannot be defeated by the anti-liberation forces,” he said.
He came down heavily on BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for his comment that the crowd in a recent council of the Dhaka district Awami League was thin.
“(I think) Mirza Fakhrul counted the chairs at the Dhaka district Awami League council by using binoculars from Rangpur. There were 70,000 chairs, not 22,000. I challenged,” Quader said in reference to the statement by Fakhrul who spoke at an anti-government rally in Rangpur on the same day of the AL council in Dhaka.
“I want to tell Mirza Fakhrul, we are united under the 14-party alliance. To save Bangladesh, Bangabandhu's daughter Sheikh Hasina must be in power," he said.